After a disturbing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Glen Gulutzan wants to remain focused on the task at hand, rather than his own job.
Outside of the Blackhawk fans that have come out of nowhere over the last few years, there was not a single person in Dallas who was happy with Saturday night's loss at the American Airlines Center.
The fans were upset, the players disgusted, and the coaching staff was left to try and clean up the mess. It might be called a tumultuous time for the Dallas Stars, as fans want to see something done in order to improve the team immediately.
For some, that involves making trades to improve the team now. For others, it is to trade away everything that the Stars can, and "sink for Seth." But lately, there have been a growing number that think it is time for a coaching change of some sort.
We discussed the possibility at length yesterday, just before Stars owner Tom Gaglardi told the media that he doesn't think he will be making dramatic changes at this point in time.
Still, though, it is becoming a bit of a legitimate question on whether or not Glen Gulutzan might be behind the Dallas Stars bench at the beginning of the season.
This question is something that the head coach knows is there. Instead of worrying about his job security though, he told Mike Heika that he is more focused on getting the Stars back on the right track winning games.
"It's obviously in your head, but do I worry about it? No. I worry about my kids' health," Gulutzan said as he prepared Sunday to bounce back from an 8-1 loss to Chicago. "At the end of the day, you do the best job you can, and if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be. If you're motivated by saving your job, then you're not motivated the right way. The only thing that motivates me is winning hockey games."
The Stars are not expected to make any changes in coaching or management personnel, but Gulutzan said he doesn't need any vote of confidence. He said he has grown as a coach, and that he believes the players and coaches can get the Stars (12-12-3) on the right track.
"I think the biggest thing for a coach is you have to be confident, and am I confident that what we're doing are the right things to do? Yeah," he said. "Do we always win games? No. But if you keep doing it, then you'll win your share."
Asked if he was a better coach than he was last year, he replied: "Most definitely. Am I better coach than I was a year and a half ago? Yeah, for sure I am. Am I a better NHL coach? Yeah, for sure I am. Certainly, I've grown a lot. But, at the end of the day, it's a result business and you have to get results."
With any luck, they can begin that turnaround tonight as they face the Calgary Flames.
Coming up in today's links: More news and notes for tonight's game, stars from last night's games, and a reason to be thankful the Stars haven't quit on plays like a Predator did last night.
- Mark Stepneski has some quotes from Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, and Glen Gulutzan concerning the Stars' current situation. [Stars Inside Edge]
- And here's what Tom Gaglardi had to say. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Finally, he has his own game day preview -- stats included, of course. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Meanwhile, around DFW, the FT. Worth Brahmas beat the Allen Americans on Sunday. If you haven't been to the minor league games at all, you should go. The rivalries on the Dallas teams are pretty good. [Dallas News]
- From around the NHL last night, here are the three stars and their heroics. [Puck Daddy]
- The Buffalo Sabres are having some drama troubles, as they made Kaleta a healthy scratch, even though he was back from his suspension. Apparently, Kaleta wasn't too happy. [Puck Daddy]
- Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are continuing to roll. SO much so, that they might even be buyers at the trade deadline. [Puck Daddy]
- For your video of the day, we have what might be the most infuriating thing to see as a fan -- when a player flat out quits on a play. Sergei Kostitsyn decides to head to the bench, rather than prevent a shorthanded 2-on-1. It led to a gial, and because of it, the Oilers were able to defeat the Preds 3-2. You can read more about it here, which has some reactions from both fans and the players on the bench.